June 05, 2018
Mary Jaramillo has had to overcome multiple challenges and roadblocks during her life. Not only has she had to endure losing a loved one and divorce, but she was also faced with multiple bouts of cancer herself. She has been a true warrior and hopes to take what she has learned to help and inspire others.
CANCER SURVIVOR PADDLES ON
By SUP Magazine
Photo: Jerry Jaramillo
We met Mary Jaramillo at this year’s Standup for the Cure event in Newport Beach, where she was joining other breast cancer survivors in paddling, remembering loved ones and encouraging others to get tested. But it was what she had overcome in her life that caught our attention.Mary was born in Germany, grew up in California and married young. All was well until 1977, when Mary's world was turned upside down.
At just 49 years old, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After fighting a hard battle, she passed away a few years later. Around the same time, Mary also split from her husband, realizing he wasn't the man she'd fallen in love with at 18. So she packed up her things and began working as a hair stylist as a way to make a living. Seven years passed before Mary met her current husband, Jerry Jaramillo
.Due to her family history, Mary regularly went in for mammograms to ensure she too would not lose her life to breast cancer. In 2011, one of those mammograms came back with a spot of concern.
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